Smoke, engine trouble force jet to land at BIA

By Jessica Bloch, BDN Staff
Posted April 01, 2009, at 12:22 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — An airliner that reportedly had smoke in its cockpit and engine trouble while enroute from England to the Washington, D.C., area landed without incident Wednesday morning at Bangor International Airport.

United Airlines Flight 923 was traveling from Heathrow Airport to Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia, but was rerouted to BIA where the Boeing 767 landed at 9:41 a.m., according to BIA Director Rebecca Hupp.

Hupp said one of the plane’s two jet engines was reportedly not functioning.

“Airplanes are designed to be able to operate with one engine out,” Hupp said. “It’s not that dire.”

There were 178 passengers and 11 crew members on board.

Emergency crews were standing by but were not needed.

By 10:30 a.m., the blue-and-white plane was parked in front of BIA’s International Arrivals Building, where maintenance crews unloaded luggage.

The passengers were screened by U.S. Customs agents and kept in a secure area until a different plane could be brought in, according to Hupp. The flight eventually took off at 3:28 p.m. and landed at Dulles two hours later.

The plane was manufactured in 1992, according to Federal Aviation Administration records.

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